Tuesday, 19 February 2019

New books to review

We want to be sure that the books we buy are the books you actually need to support your work and learning.

We review publisher's catalogues, scan reading lists and peruse different web sites, but what we like best is when you tell us what you need.

That is where our books on approval scheme comes in.

Every two months our supplier sends us a selection of new publications on relevant health topics which are available for you to review and suggest titles for us to purchase (or sometimes, not to purchase!).

Our current selections will be available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries until Friday the 8th of March. Topics covered include:
  • Anatomy and physiology 
  • Autism and ADHD
  • Medicine
  • Mental health, psychiatry and psychology
  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Obstetrics
  • Public health
  • ...and more
Of course we are always happy to have recommendations for new stock on any health related topic.

You can also find a list of titles we have recently purchased (including previous On Approvals) on our web site and all of our stock via the library catalogue.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Web site of the month: The NHS Apps Library

Newly launched this month, the NHS Apps Library provides selection of safe trusted apps and digital tools to support the health care of patients and the public.

All the apps in the library have met NHS Digital standards around clinical safety, usability and security.

You can browse the apps by category, search for specific ones or you can scrolls through a list.

www.nhs.uk/apps-library/

Most of the apps in the library are free, although some have to be purchased and a few require a referral from a health professional to access.

With so many health related apps available, the NHS Apps Library is a great place to start to ensure you have a high quality product that will keep your data secure and do the job it is meant to.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Browzine trial extended

The Library's trial of BrowZine has now been extended until the end of March. BrowZine is a new way to access all our full text journal content from a simple interface or by using the app. 

Browzine is a smart, easy-to-use service which enables you to:
  • Browse our journal subscriptions to see what titles we hold in your specialty / areas of interest 
  • Browse table of contents of our journals and link straight through to the full text of most articles
  • Bookmark your favourite journals and receive alerts on your mobile device when new articles are published in that journal
If you need access to information on the go, the Browzine app is available for Android phones and tablets, the Kindle Fire (Amazon) and iOS (Apple) for iPhones and iPads.


If you don't want to use an app, you can also access Browzine through any computer.


The trial is available until the end of March and we would love to have your feedback.

Please just answer three quick questions to help us understand if we should consider purchasing Browzine  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VNC3V2J




Wednesday, 23 January 2019

What's new on Clinical Key - new clinical overviews, journals and books added



Clinical Overviews

Clinical Overviews are a quick and easy way to find evidence-based answers to your clinical questions.

Whenever you do a search in Clinical Key if there is a topic overview it will appear as the first result and also in a box on the right of the page.

Clinical Overviews are not book or journal content; they are concise, easily scannable summaries which include evidence-based information, current guidelines, and the latest advances on medical conditions. Clinical Overviews are tailored for clinicians.

The following topics have been added in November:
  • Abruptio placentae
  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Baker cyst 
  • Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome
  • Cholera 
  • Coxsackievirus infections
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Gallbladder cancer 
  • Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener granulomatosis) 
  • Major depressive disorders in pregnancy
  • Miscarriage and recurrent pregnancy loss
  • Mitral regurgitation 
  • Schizophrenia 
  • Small-bowel obstruction

Journals

New journals added to Clinical Key this month:

Books

Elsevier have also added new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:


Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Apps & electronic resources drop-in session Wednesday 23rd January

Did you know the library has a number of different free apps available to give you easy access to lots of our electronic content?

Do you want to know more about accessing electronic journals, books or databases? Have you had problems with registering for an OpenAthens password? We can help.

The library is holding an all day drop-in session on Wednesday the 23rd of January, at the Richmond Library, Northampton General Hospital.

Come along and find out about:
One of our professional librarians will be available all day and you can also bring along any problems or questions you may have about anything to do with making the best use of our electronic resources (or indeed anything else library-related).

There will also be refreshments available and a few freebies for you to take away too.

If you have any questions please contact the Library. We'd be 'appy to see you on the 23rd (sorry)...

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

BrowZine: Trial of a new simple way to access the journals you need

The Library is having a trial of BrowZine, which is a new way to access all our full text journal content from a simple interface or by using the app. 

Browzine is a smart, easy-to-use service which enables you to:
  • Browse our journal subscriptions to see what titles we hold in your specialty / areas of interest 
  • Browse table of contents of our journals and link straight through to the full text of most articles
  • Bookmark your favourite journals and receive alerts on your mobile device when new articles are published in that journal
If you need access to information on the go, the Browzine app is available for Android phones and tablets, the Kindle Fire (Amazon) and iOS (Apple) for iPhones and iPads.


If you don't want to use an app, you can also access Browzine through any computer.


The trial is available until the end of January and we would love to have your feedback.

Please just answer three quick questions to help us understand if we should consider purchasing Browzine  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VNC3V2J



Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Web site of the month: Almost a Doctor

Almost a Doctor is a free UK site aimed at medical students, junior doctors and other health professionals to help you (as the site says) "learn about stuff".




The site contains revision notes, flashcards, mind maps as well as  an online medical encyclopaedia which you can browse by category. 

The content of the site is written by both health professionals and students, but it is always reviewed by a doctor before publication to ensure all the content is accurate and of good quality.

Almost a Doctor is a really useful resource and highly recommended.


Monday, 17 December 2018

Christmas opening at the libraries

All of the libraries will be open up to Friday the 24th of December.



Berrywood Hospital Library will be staffed from Thursday the 27th until Monday the 31st of December as usual, and then will reopen on Wednesday the 2nd of January.

Isebrook Hospital Library will be closed after Friday the 31st of December for the Christmas period and will reopen on Wednesday the 2nd of January. Please contact one of the other libraries if you require any help during this period.

The Richmond Library at Northampton General Hospital will be staffed from Thursday the 27th until Monday the 31st of December as usual, and then will reopen on Wednesday the 2nd of January..

24 hour access will be available to registered users as normal throughout the Christmas period at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries.

We would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. We look forward to seeing you in 2019.

Friday, 14 December 2018

What's new on Clinical Key - new journal, clinical overviews and books added



Clinical Overviews

Clinical Overviews are a quick and easy way to find evidence-based answers to your clinical questions.

Whenever you do a search in Clinical Key if there is a topic overview it will appear as the first result and also in a box on the right of the page.

Clinical Overviews are not book or journal content; they are concise, easily scannable summaries which include evidence-based information, current guidelines, and the latest advances on medical conditions. Clinical Overviews are tailored for clinicians.

The following topics have been added in November:
  • Cryptosporidiosis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • HIV infection in children
  • Herpes encephalitis
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Leprosy
  • Lung cancer (small cell)
  • Normocytic anemia
  • Opioid use disorder
  • Paraphimosis
  • Pericarditis
  • Phimosis

Journal

Books

Elsevier have also added lots of new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Library training programme 2019- now with new venues!

Need to find information to support your clinical practice? Need to make a decision but can't find the supporting evidence? Starting a course but can't find the study material? Found the evidence but unsure what it means? Going through nursing re-validation? We can help.

All of our training programme dates for 2019 are now available on the Library's web page.

Our courses are free to access for staff and attached students from Northamptonshire Healthcare and Northampton General Hospital.

They are aimed at both clinicians and managers who want to be able to find, evaluate and use the best possible evidence to support their decision making.

We also added two new venues for 2019, so as well as Berrywood and Northampton General Hospitals, you will also be able to access our training at Danetre Hospital in Daventry and St Mary's Hospital in Kettering.

So what do we offer?

Tailored sessions

  • If you can't make one of our workshops we can arrange a one-to-one session with you, either at one of the libraries or in your place of work if it is suitable.
  • We can created a tailored session for your team or department and deliver it in any suitable location. From a 10 minute update on the library service to a full three hour training session, just let us know what you need.

Our scheduled workshops


  • The PreCourse Course
    If you are returning to study, or starting a formal academic programme for the first time, our PreCourse Course may be just what you need. This three hour workshop is designed to give you the information skills you need to make you studies that bit easier. The session cover things like finding the material on your reading lists, using databases and how to identify good quality information. It also covers searching for evidence and guidelines and how to access electronic journals. Everything you should need to get you started.
  • Literature Searching
    If you need to access primary research, our literature searching course may be the answer.  This will enable you to effectively search a number of databases such as Medline, HMIC (healthcare management) or the British Nursing Index through the NHS's HDAS interface. We'll show you how to search, save your results and even access full text journal articles, straight from the databases.
  • Critical Appraisal Skills
    Once you have found the evidence, you need to know what it means and if you can rely on it, and that is where our critical appraisal skills sessions come in.Our Introduction to Critical Appraisal workshop will take you through the statistics, terminology and process, while our highly interactive Critical Appraisal in Action session gives you the opportunity to appraise a research article in a group facilitated by one of our librarians.
  • Evidence into Practice
    If you are a nurse undergoing revalidation, try our Evidence into Practice course. It offers the opportunity to refresh (or learn) your skills in searching for the latest evidence, while finding information that is relevant to your day to day work.Come to the course with a question related to your scope of practice and go away not only with updated skills, but also with evidence to feed back in to your department. You will log 2 hours and 30 minutes of CPD time and at the end of the session will complete one of the 5 reflective accounts required by the NMC for revalidation, based on what you have learned.
If you have any questions or want to book a place on one of our workshops, you can find all the available dates and venues online or you can contact us for more information.

Friday, 30 November 2018

Leisure reading - what would you like to read for fun?

The Library Service has been very fortunate to have succeeded in a bid to Greenheart, the charitable fund for some funding to set up a leisure reading collection.

Although we already have a small collection of fiction titles (mainly donated by library staff), we would like to know what you would like to read.

What would make you want to borrow a book?

The latest Booker nominee? A thriller? Sci fi? Romance? The classics? Maybe gardening is more your thing? Hobbies and crafts? Military history?

Whatever it might be that takes your literary fancy, please take a few minutes to complete our short survey (just 6 questions) on what you would like to see in our new leisure collection.

You can find it here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/M323L9T 

Don't be shy, give us a recommendation or two and you may well find them in the library and ready for you to borrow.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

What's new on Clinical Key - new journal, clinical overviews and books added




Clinical Overviews

Clinical Overviews are a quick and easy way to find evidence-based answers to your clinical questions.

Whenever you do a search in Clinical Key if there is a topic overview it will appear as the first result and also in a box on the right of the page.

Clinical Overviews are not book or journal content; they are concise, easily scannable summaries which include evidence-based information, current guidelines, and the latest advances on medical conditions. Clinical Overviews are tailored for clinicians.

The following topics have been added in November:
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bladder and urethral injury
  • Galactorrhea
  • Tinea infections

Books

Elsevier have also added lots of new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.